Evil Genius

Evil Genius

Paperback - 2008
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Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he's fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he's a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies. But is it too late to stop Dr. Darkkon from carrying out his evil plot?

An engrossing thriller with darkness and humor, freaks and geeks, Evil Genius explores the fine line between good and evil in a strange world of manipulations and subterfuge where nothing is as it seems.

Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt, 2008
ISBN: 9780152061852


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During BBT, there are a lot of jokes about Sheldon being an evil genius, but it is possible that he is, and then he would be a bit like Cadel Piggott. He's 14 and is studying for a degree in World Domination. He's never questioned being an evil genius until he meets Key-Lee. Can Cadel make the sw... Read More »

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Oct 19, 2017

One of my most favorite novels, filled with suspense and keeps you on your toes constantly. It follows the life of young Cadel Piggott, a computer genius who has a mysterious past which even he doesn't know about. His simple life consists of living with his neglectful adopted parents and using his intellect for hacking into high-security networks, soon he is taken to a therapist Thaddeus Roth. This leads to learning about his past and the shocking truth about his past. The character development was incredible, and the protagonist is definitely likable. However, there were a lot of characters to keep track of, some of which weren't even necessary for helping the plot forward. There was plenty of climax near the end of the book but I hated the lack of closure. However, there is a sequel.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 23, 2017

Great book, definitely read it

PimaLib_Kids Mar 14, 2016

It's insanely good - just sayin. You should read it!!! ~ Gaspar, age 11

Jun 17, 2013

I love this book, and I sometimes wish I could be as smart as Cadel.

Feb 11, 2013

Good book, good book

Jan 24, 2013

The first book in a trilogy. Barely worth reading. =P

Jamies431 Jun 12, 2012

Even though most of words in the book I didn't understand, for example the word "binary", the book is still good. Keep me reading day'n' night!!

baseballfan24 Jan 21, 2012

Wow. Great start to an amazing series. Catherine Jinks hits the jackpot

Feb 19, 2011

i can symmpathise jedi. for some unknown reason this book cannot be put down easily. this book reminds me alot of artemis fowl. although i have to admit cadel piggot is nowhere near as engaging as the young artemis fowl.

Jul 12, 2010

This books surprised me. I've seen better writing, better developed characters, and better plots, but rarely has a books kept me reading it for six hour stretches, and this book did.
While some of the research behind the book is of dubious quality, and there's something about it that just doesn't quite hang together, this is just such a fun read that you can ignore all that, and enjoy it anyway.


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GenTink Jan 11, 2012

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Sep 02, 2011

lukeooo2 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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